The Mediterranean Diet has made it to the top in the “best overall diet” category in “U.S. News and World Report”, 5th year in a row.
Among 40 diets that U.S. News has ranked, nutritionists have largely recommended the Mediterranean diet owing to its balanced, and nutrition-rich traits.
What is the Mediterranean diet?
One of the most( probably THE most!) balanced and healthy diets recommended by health experts is the Mediterranean diet which is the staple diet of the people living in countries bordering the Mediterranean sea.
The diet emphasises eating a wide variety of fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, legumes, herbs, spices and of course, olive oil! On the other hand, it keeps away sugar, saturated fats and red meats.
It is also a popular choice due to its exotic pallet of flavours and rather lenient and flexible structure. To be precise, it is not so much a diet structure but an eating pattern. So feel free to add or deduce from calorie consumption.
One last catch about the diet is, you have to stay active. It doesn’t have to be an intensive workout targeting 1000 calories a day, but brief walks, gardening, jogging or Pilates can do the trick.
Pros and Cons
There are several pros to this type. “The diet has been associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, and it’s also been shown to reduce blood pressure and bad LDL cholesterol.”, says one of the studies in the U.S. News.
Besides, it also lowers the risk of type 2 Diabetes.
Among the most notable cons of the Mediterranean diet, we found that it can be a little pricy for those living across the world away from the costs. Also, the dishes usually need a bit of extra grunt work.
Overall, we are happy, as we can now enjoy our cheese and wine without any guilt!
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